Transforming Agriculture, Perennially
Lead scientist Pheonah Nabukalu working on perennial sorghum research at The Land Institute.

Careers at The Land Institute

The Land Institute is working on a solution to one of humankind’s most critical challenges: How to produce food while regenerating precious soil, water, and ecological resources.

The long-term, game-changing nature of our mission is both challenging and fulfilling. Our people reflect the values of the prairie: diverse and perennial. Our staff members have come from across the globe to The Land Institute’s modest home in Salina, Kansas to transform agriculture worldwide. For many, it becomes a lifelong career. More than a few have been involved with — and have evolved with — The Land Institute for decades.

Jobs at The Land Institute include scientists, and field and research technicians, as well as positions in farm operations, fundraising, communications, marketing, finance, and administration.

Current Job Openings

Director of Finance

The Director of Finance plays a key role in fulfilling The Land Institute’s mission by ensuring that the generosity of our donors and the hard work of our team are met with sound fiscal management. They are a member of the leadership team, oversee the accounting team, and report to the Chief Operating Officer. This position will participate in The Land Institute’s decentralized and consultative approach to decision-making and problem-solving and will engage with the highly collaborative, team-oriented culture of the organization.

To be considered for this position, interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to
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Intermediate Wheatgrass Postdoctoral Researcher

The Land Institute (TLI), together with Kansas State University (K-State), is seeking applicants for a Postdoctoral Researcher working in collaboration with Dr. Jesse Poland and Dr. Jared Crain to lead genomics approaches to accelerate the improvement of intermediate wheatgrass (IWG, Thinopyrum intermedium). Collaborative research is ongoing between TLI, K-State, Univ. of Minnesota, and USDA-ARS at Logan, Utah. This position will involve developing tools and approaches that will be shared across diverse regional breeding programs. Collaborators are based in diverse locations, and the successful candidate will be able to work remotely if desired.

To be considered for this position, interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to
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Facilities and Grounds Assistant

The facilities and grounds assistant ensures a clean, safe, orderly, attractive, and well-maintained appeal to The Land Institute’s properties in Salina, KS. The Land Institute has become an international hub for perennial agriculture research with an increase in tours, conferences, and collaborators. Ensuring our campus is functional for research and aesthetically pleasing for staff and visitors is vital to accomplishing our research and education mission.

To be considered for this position, interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to
full position description

Seasonal and Temporary Jobs

As positions become available, details and instructions for applying will be posted above.


Summer 2021 applications are now closed. Please check back in the fall for Summer 2022.
Our interns gain valuable insight into the research programs of The Land Institute while assisting in the fields, seed processing facilities, and labs. With thousands of experimental plots and tens of thousands of experimental plants, interns conduct crucial fieldwork that includes hoeing, transplanting, and sampling alongside preeminent scientists working to develop perennial ecologically intensive agriculture. Summer interns enjoy seminars with the staff and visiting scientists, but the majority of learning is gained from hands-on work with the research programs. Keep in mind that although the fieldwork is satisfying, it also can be physically challenging.

The internship program has two 3-month long cohort options: Cohort 1 runs from May-August and Cohort 2 runs from August-November. Interns work 40 hour weeks, typically from 8 am-5 pm with a 1-hour lunch break, although start times may adjust during the hot summer months to escape the heat. Interns may have the option to live in TLI housing, where rent is typically around $270/month. Interns are provided a $2200/month (beginning in 2022) stipend with no benefits.

Although interns are often college students (generally between sophomores in college to recently graduated), we consider adult applicants of any age and background. This internship is designed to provide an entry point for those with limited experience in agricultural research or related fields.

Postbaccalaureate Researcher

The Postbaccalaureate Researcher (Post-Bac) gains mentorship, research experience in perennial grain agriculture, and an opportunity to develop collaborative skills. This temporary position is designed to assist recent college graduates with strong research interests in the exploration of their future career, education, or training possibilities. Participants will have the opportunity to attend conferences and participate in other professional development activities. The Post-Bac will be a member of a research group and will be exposed to a range of topics related to agricultural research. Position duration varies depending on the project/program.

Research Assistant

Research Assistants fill a variety of temporary, program-specific support roles at The Land Institute. Wages vary between positions depending on required skills and experience. These positions do not come with benefits or provided housing and may be part-time or full-time.

Horticulture Assistant

Horticulture Assistants are seasonal full or part-time workers who provide general support for research and groundskeeping. Examples of tasks include threshing, mowing, pot-washing, and data collection. Housing is not provided.

Other Employment Opportunities

Don’t see a link to a current open position, or don’t see a position that fits your skillset? Feel free to submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to and we will keep your information on file for future employment opportunities.

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